“If it’s important, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” -Daniel Decker.
That quote is one that really puts a burr in peoples’ saddles. ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?! I’M OFFENDED!
But really, it’s true. Managing your home well is important. But, I’ve also been in the place where it’s easy to excuse why I’m not managing well:
- Wellllllllllllllllllll, life is just so busy right now. I’ll do better later. (News flash – most of us have super busy lives)
- No one will help me out! So, I just won’t do it at all. See how they like THOSE apples!
- I’m pregnant and good for nothing. Okay, so this one is a great “excuse.” Nevermind.
- I’ve got toddlers – so there really is no point in me trying to keep an orderly house. My 2 year old will just eat the potpourri. (Coming from ME, a mother with a crazy-pants toddler on the loose.)
Let’s try to put our excuses and worries to the side and instead, see how we can do our best DESPITE the hard things in life. Because, when one hard thing expires, another one can and might take its place.
Let’s you and I tackle some of the frequently asked questions I get about home management and see if they help us get out of this melancholy.
What if I miss a day?!
Inevitably, you’ll miss a planned day. Someone might come down with a sickness, so instead of spending the day doing laundry, you’ve taken up residence at Urgent Care where your job is to disinfect everything you come into contact with…oh wait. That’s probably just me.
Come close, and let me tell you a secret…ready?
It ain’t the end of the world. Laundry can wait. It can either wait until Saturday when you can make it up, or…it can wait until next Monday. Yup. It can.
That’s why I try to leave Saturday for make-up things. But really, if you miss deep cleaning the bathroom because your family decided to take a spontaneous trip to the zoo, it ain’t no big thang. You can deep clean the toilet next week. Enjoy those elephants, man!
Your plan doesn’t work for me!
Let me tell you another secret. There’s a reason my plan won’t work for you. Are you ready for this shocker?
IT’S BECAUSE IT AIN’T YOUR PLAN!
I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, these are just ideas for you to tweak to make your own. I didn’t invent them. I just spend time trying to soak up information from geniuses and then I squeeze it back out to you guys…but I’ve taken someone else’s idea and adapted it to The Myers Family. And you need to do the same for yours.
So you can’t do laundry on Monday because it’s your Bingo Day. Rock and roll, man. Make Monday your Town Day instead.
Where do your store your information?
I keep my schedules and lists in my Home Management Binder. I learned about these from, wait for it…Large Family Logistics. I know you’re shocked.
Basically it’s just a folder I keep around with stuff in it, like schedules and lists and important information. It’s literally a white, 3-ring binder with page protectors in it that I put stuff in so that I won’t spill coffee all over it – been there, spilled that.
You can find all sorts of resources to make your own by searching on Pinterest, but here is a great resource with all sorts of printables and how to get started from The Gracious Wife. I won’t reinvent the wheel – she’s done a great job with that one.
But what about GRACE?!
Lemme just tell you something. I’m ever thankful for God’s grace to me. I’m a big ole hot mess. I mess up approximately every 2 minutes. I’m so glad that God’s mercies are new EVERY SINGLE DAY!
There are times in our lives when we need to immerse ourselves in grace. Pregnancy and postpartum times are hard, mama. I get it. I’ve been there. But, we cannot LIVE in that state of hard.
We were made strong – we need to pick ourselves up, dust off the cheerios and proceed onward.
Our problem is when the exception becomes the rule. God’s grace is needed daily, but we can’t rely on grace to give us a free pass for why we never, ever, ever clean our toilets or mop the floor.
You’re strong. You CAN do this. I know you can. If I can do it, anyone can…because HELLO? I’m a live-wire, hot-mess, foot-in-mouth mama.
What are some ways we can move beyond our excuses and embrace the roll we were called to fill?
See other posts in this series:
- Wash on Monday
- Clean on Tuesday
- Bake on Wednesday
- Town on Thursday
- Office Day on Friday
- Get Ahead on Saturday
- Chores to do Daily
- Each Day Has Its Own Proper Chores
- What Would Ma Ingalls Do?
- Embracing Your Inner June Clever